Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – worth the hype?
Any readers of my beauty favourites page will know that I’m yet to find a face cleanser that gets the thumbs up.
Last month I tried No 7′s new Beautiful Skin cleanser which I have to say was rather disappointing. I subsequently decided to try the highly coveted Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Having won various awards over the years this product has become a staple item in many beauty editors’ top beauty picks lists.
Simply put, yes. I bought the product starter kit – a small wash bag containing the 100ml cleanser and two muslin cloths. At just £14.25, the price competes with various higher-end skincare brands on the high street, such as Boots No 7, Vichy, and the Sanctuary. Quality-wise, the product however, bears greater semblance to the luxury skincare brands, making this product excellent value for money.
The texture of the cleanser is thick and creamy – not dissimilar to the cold creams preferred in bygone generations. I’ve tried many cleansers over the years – foams, mousses, oils, milks- but I’ve never come across anything so dense. Strangely though, on application, the product disintegrates into an easily pliable, light cream consistency, making it incredibly easy to apply. As instructed, I applied the product to my face when dry, massaging it into my cheeks, forehead and chin before rubbing it gently onto the eyelids to remove all traces of eye make-up. The product is known for its ability in removing make-up and I can vouch for this; using this product, there is no need at all for eye make-up remover. Impressively the product even removes waterproof mascara.
Once massaged in (note here that you can expect to have very large black panda eyes if you are a make-up wearer!), I used a damp muslin cloth – rinsed in warm water- to buff off the cleanser in circular movements. As with the product, I generally found it made sense to concentrate first on the cheeks, forehead and chin, before wiping away all traces of make-up from the eyes. Some users like to cleanse a second time once all make-up is removed, but really unless you are wearing a heavy face, there doesn’t seem much need.
Following use, the muslin cloths can be washed in the basin by hand and re-used 3 or so times before they are popped into a 40 degree wash for a proper clean. [Here's a great video tutorial on how to apply this product correctly by beauty blogger Fleur de Force].
After application, my skin felt incredibly smooth and soft, and noticeably luminous. I have normal to combination skin which can sometimes get very dry if irritated with products. But with this cleanser, that was never an issue; in fact, my skin was so hydrated I almost didn’t need to moisturise afterwards.
I have been using the product for over 4 weeks now and would definitely recommend this to people of all skin-types. For me, the only downside is the scent, which is a potent, herbal fragrance which smells strongly of ingredients rosemary, eucalyptus and chamomile. I’m generally quite fussy when it comes to the scent of face products though and prefer sweet or floraly scents, so I wouldn’t let this put you off.
However, I feel that this post is incomplete without a mention of Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic. In PR terms, this product seems very much to have fallen victim to its cousin’s success, rarely getting a mention in any features about Liz Earle skincare. For me though, the toner was even better than the cleanser. The scent is incredibly fresh and less pungent than the cleanser, and the toner tightens pores well without drying the skin when applied with a cotton pad nightly. Like the cleanser, the product is suitable for all skin types.
I bought a trial size of the toner for £5 at the Liz Earle store and after a month, still have plenty left. Indeed the trial size is perfect for holidaying or overnight trips.
All in all, an excellent value, strong performing skincare find.
In London, Liz Earle products are available online, at the Liz Earle store just off the King’s Road, in John Lewis stores and at Fenwicks, Bond street.